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Former presidential candidate, Sam Eke warns against amnesty for Boko Haram





Presidential candidate of Citizen’s Popular Party, CPP, in the 2015 general election and National chairman of Green Party of Nigeria, Chief Sam Eke has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to jettison its proposed amnesty to dreaded Boko Haram sect.

He described the sect’s members as pure terrorists who have no genuine demand.

Eke made the call in his Ikwuano residence in Abia State on Monday afternoon, while reacting to the federal government’s proposed amnesty to repentant Boko Haram sect.

He warned the federal government against taking such step and advised government to take more proactive measures in nipping the activities of the sect in the bud.

He said, “I don’t think Boko Haram deserves any amnesty from the Federal government. Because they are not actually demanding for anything from the government. And if they are demanding for anything, to carry arms against the federal government is a clear indication that they are more than secessionists. And at the same time, insurgency has no room for negotiations”.

“So, I’m not in support of granting amnesty to terrorists. If the federal government goes on and grant Boko Haram members amnesty, that is to say that the credibility and the authority of the federal government would have been eroded in such a sense that anybody can carry arms against the government, and at the end of the day, after killing thousands of people and destroying properties worth billions of naira, in turn you now recognize them. It is uncalled for”, he added.

On the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe state, the party chieftain said, “I am not convinced on the operation that led to the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls.

“I think with time, there will be explanation on why such thing happened. You know, behind any perfect plan, there must be loopholes.

“If you look at the way the schoolgirls came back, dressed neatly, with their bag well packaged as if they were returning from picnic”.

“There is more to that problem than meets the eye”, he said.

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